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Greasy Carlisle

Greasy, Greasy, Greasy. That is the only way to describe the conditions last night in Carlisle. A rain shower had just passed before we got there soaking the ground. The rocks were treacherous on Stone Row and the roots were insufferable on the back part of Tophet. But all that made for a fun ride. You just had to stay loose on the bike or you were down for the count. Right Geo?? The Gringo was absent for the experience due to some illness that required enormous amounts of Immodium. Hope that end feels better today.

This is the second time we did Carlisle / Great Brook this year. The last time we were here was back on April 11 when there was still a bit of snow on the ground. That was also the first introduction to the vented beer. It’s been a staple ever since. For the record, TiTim bought the Banquet Vents last night so it is Geo’s turn at next we meet.

The night started off on the sticky side. The rain storm before the ride didn’t do much in the way of clearing out the humidity. So we had to stop a few times to catch what air we could in the woods. As I said the trails were slick. TiTim got us all “aware” of the slippery conditions when he almost lost it fooling around with his brakes on a bridge. He was trying to be cool and skid his back tire when he suddenly hit his front brake and almost ended up as part of the pressure treated boards. We still don’t know why he would lock his front brakes…humidity poisoning maybe.

Geo also tested the conditions early when he slid off the start of a foot bridge and had to pick himself up. The rest of the night he stopped BEFORE each bridge to align himself perfectly 90 degrees to the entrance so as not to come in at an angle and slip.

TiTim and I both had a few incidences along the way where the front or rear tire wouldn’t stay planted but no blood was gushing from wounds so therefore the EV was low for the night. By the end of the ride, everyone was muddied up. The bike drivetrains disappeared in a mud and pine needle goo, which could have accounted for Geo’s lack of 2-4 gears he had access to.

It started pouring at the end of the ride just before we got to our cars. That was good because it washed our bikes off. We huddled underneath the tailgate of the Pilot until the rain stopped. Fortunately we had the hindsight to put the beer in the back of the Pilot before the ride as it was readily available while we stood there. Excellent plan boys.

Here is the course data as upload to Garmin Connect.

* We went 8.16 miles in 01:39:10 for an average of 4.9 mph for the ride
* I hit a max speed of 20.6 mph somewhere on a downhill (very few BIG downhills on this course)
* Here is the PDF of the Google Earth map
* Here is the PDF of the topographical map
* Here is the KMZ file
* Here is the Topo overlay file for the ride (combine the two in Google Earth)

Overall a fun ride. Maybe we can get all the gang back together next week for Callahan or Ant Hill. No BBQ post ride due to the “unfriendly” parking area, but a lot more venting with one missing member. See you on the road.



2003 Specialized Enduro Expert
2005 Specialized Roubaix Elite Double


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